Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Book Review - Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
Young readers will be fascinated by attention-catching facts as they read about major presidential campaigns, from George Washington's election in 1789 to Barack Obama's victory in 2008. Questions answered include: Who can run for president? ... Who can vote? ... What is the Electoral College? ... What is a third-party candidate? ... What if something happens to the president? Unusual facts kids will discover include: Which Republican president had a Democrat for his vice president? ... Who was the only U.S. President to be elected for more than two terms? Which candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election? ... Why was President Truman happy in 1948, when he read the Chicago Tribune headline that declared: "Dewey Defeats Truman"? Syl Sobel's account is guaranteed to enliven history and social studies classes, as boys and girls learn about some of the most important events in the history of presidential elections.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book, with so many interesting facts and figures. Especially in a year of a Presidential Election, having a book like this makes you that much more proud of the system of government that we have today. What I really liked about the book was that it made the whole election process so easy to understand for young readers. Too often this process can seem a bit confusing and daunting, but this book lays everything out in an easy-to-understand way. On top of that there were some very interesting facts that I appreciated that would allow you to wow your friends at your Presidential trivia! Overall, if you love history and government, this is a book that you will truly enjoy!
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